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Biochemistry is the study of the chemical properties of biologically important molecules and processes in cells and tissues. It deals with the structure and function of cellular components, such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and other biomolecules. Biochemical understanding is fundamental to all biological disciplines. While much of modern biochemistry aims to provide an understanding of fundamental biological processes at a molecular level, it also contributes to the solving of medical problems and the discovery of safe and effective drugs. This programme aims to provide a thorough knowledge of contemporary Biochemistry at the cellular and molecular level. This programme allows students to gain research experience and professional skills, sometimes in a different area to their first degree, before deciding on a future career in industry or academic research.
This is a research focused Masters course. We do not teach Biochemistry using a traditional lecture-based format; instead we use an interactive approach where you learn through seminars, workshops, small group tutorials and during your research placements. For students who have had little hands on laboratory experience in their undergraduate degree we offer the Research Skills Summer School which takes place for four weeks prior to the start of the main course and offers intensive research skills training.
Course content for year 1
- 120 credits are from research projects
- 15 credits are from units related to research skills
- 45 credits are from transferable skills units
- Tutorial and Workshop (15 credits)
- Science Communication (15 credits)
- Experimental Design and Statistics (15 credits)